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Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 9, 2012

Wednesday, May 9 saw the first Committee of the Whole discussion of the Cons’ budget bill – with the opportunity for hours of direct questions about military spending giving rise to little more than even more tedious repetition of F-35s talking points in place of responses.

The Big Issue

Jack Harris opened the committee . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 9, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 7, 2012

Monday, May 7 saw another day largely dominated by debate on the Cons’ omnibus budget bill.

The Big Issue

Plenty of MPs rightly focused on the Cons’ move to combine so many disparate types of legislation into a single behemoth of a bill. Don Davies remembered his first instruction as an MP and wondered . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 7, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4 saw a relatively short day of debate on the omnibus budget bill – but with a few twists on the discussion seen to date.

The Big Issue

Claude Gravelle noted that the range of major changes in C-38 goes far beyond the environment alone. Ted Hsu wondered why the Cons slashed the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 4, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4 saw a relatively short day of debate on the omnibus budget bill – but with a few twists on the discussion seen to date.

The Big Issue

Claude Gravelle noted that the range of major changes in C-38 goes far beyond the environment alone. Ted Hsu wondered why the Cons slashed the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – May 4, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 3 saw yet another debate over the Cons’ use of time allocation – this time respecting the omnibus budget bill which features so many radical changes that demand serious discussion. And not surprisingly, the opposition parties raised plenty of entirely valid concerns, while the Cons obfuscated and ran out the clock.

The Big . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 3, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 2, 2012

A combination of the one-year anniversary of Canada’s 2011 federal election and a relatively short day in Parliament left little room for a lot of debate on Wednesday, May 2. But the day did see some serious questions raised about the Cons’ rush to pass their budget without debate.

The Big Issue

Before debate actually . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 2, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 1 saw more debate on a couple of relatively non-contentious bills – along with a prime example of the Cons’ blinkered focus on mandatory minimum sentences.

The Big Issue

In continued debate on the Lucky Moose self-defence bill, the NDP pointed out some of the ways the legislation could have been improved if . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: May 1, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: April 30, 2012

Monday, April 30 featured discussion of two opposition motions dealing with the federal government’s responsibility to ensure the safety of Canadians. And on both fronts, the Cons went out of their way to disclaim any such role for our public servants.

The Big Issue

Jack Harris started off the safety theme with a motion . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: April 30, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 27, 2012

Friday, April 27 saw another day of relatively non-contentious debate on the main bill up for discussion in the House of Commons. But there was plenty of reason to question why the focus would be as narrow as it was.

The Big Issue

That main bill was the Cons’ elder abuse legislation, intended to add . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 27, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26 saw ample discussion of private members’ business – and if the Cons are now cracking down on such debate, the results of the day’s proceedings might give us some clues as to why.

The Big Issue

While it didn’t receive as much media attention as another issue which was debated for substantially . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 26, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25 saw one of the more noteworthy economic debates we’ve seen in the current session of Parliament, as a former-PC-turned-Liberal raised the issue of income inequality to a noteworthy response from the Harper Cons.

The Big Issue

Scott Brison presented what should have been a relatively non-controversial motion – calling not even for . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 25, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24 saw a day of debate focused on a relatively non-contentious piece of legislation: a citizen’s arrest bill which largely reflected Olivia Chow’s work after charges were laid against David Chen of the Lucky Moose.

The Big Issue

When it came to the substance of the bill, there was little disagreement among . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 24, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 23, 2012

Monday, April 23 was the first day back in the House of Commons following the Easter break. And it featured some of the most lively and telling discussion we’ve seen yet on the Cons’ anti-refugee legislation as the second-reading debate reached its end.

The Big Issue

As part of the refugee bill debate, Craig Scott . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 23, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5 was the final sitting day in the House of Commons before a two-week Easter break. And the debate was much less sharp than in previous days, as the primary bill up for discussion was supported by all parties.

The Big Issue

That bill was S-4, a bill on railway and transportation issues . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 5, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 4, 2012

After the Cons refused to listen to the opposition parties’ proposed amendments, Wednesday, April 4 saw a day of debate on the main budget motion in the second-last day before a Parliamentary break.

The Big Issue

Nycole Turmel rightly labeled the budget as being based entirely on (gratuitous) austerity, while Peggy Nash described the NDP’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 4, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 saw the final day of debate at second reading of the Cons’ budget – and once again featured plenty of work by Peter Julian to introduce the types of perspectives the Cons would never tolerate if they could avoid it.

The Big Issue

Once again, Julian focused largely on bringing forward . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 3, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2 saw the second day of Peter Julian’s extended budget speech. And perhaps the point most worth noting is how many Canadians outside of Parliament took the opportunity have their voices heard in the budget debate.

The Big Issue

So let’s focus this review on some of the input Julian received from across . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 2, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 30, 2012

Friday, March 30 was the first day of Peter Julian’s budget filibuster. But while it accomplished its goal of avoiding several hours worth of Con talking points, was there much to take from Julian’s own comments?

The Big Issue

Well, let’s highlight a few of his more noteworthy observations. First, on the Cons’ own plan . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 30, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 29, 2012

There’s been much ado about the NDP’s position on trade agreements based on the Cons’ recent publicly-funded cheerleading for free trade at any price. But for anybody looking for the NDP’s actual view on trade, the House of Commons debates from March 29 offer a rather thorough indication.

The Big Issue

That’s thanks to a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – March 29, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27 saw a day dominated by the type of serious discussion about the role of the financial sector that we should expect in the years to come – even if the basis for that discussion was less than we should have hoped for.

The Big Issue

The main topic of debate was Bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 27, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 26, 2012

Having taken a bit of a hiatus during and after the NDP’s leadership campaign, I’ll resume looking back at what’s happened in the House of Commons starting with the election of Thomas Mulcair. (I’ll plan to return to the previous sitting later on.)

Monday, March 26 saw Mulcair’s introduction as the new Leader of the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: March 26, 2012

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your afternoon reading.

– Linda McQuaig writes that Robocon is placing Canada at the forefront of dubious electoral results in the developed world. Which of course means it’s time to evaluate the Cons’ fraud merely as a matter of political damage control, rather than focusing on who’s responsible for what abuses of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15 was the final day in the House of Commons before the winter break.

The Big Issue

Once again, debate focused primarily on Bill C-26 to clarify the availability of self-defence under the Criminal Code. And the opposition parties started proceedings by granting unanimous consent to an effort to speed through second . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 15, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 14 saw another day of debate devoted to free trade issues, this time addressing a proposed treaty with Jordan. But first…

The Utterly Unprecedented, Stunning Development Which Shook The Very Foundations Of Canada’s System Of Government As Administered By Stephen Harper

Helene Laverdiere asked a simple question to Peter MacKay. And MacKay actually . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 14, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 13 served to confirm the range of concerns that hadn’t yet been taken into account in the Cons’ seat redistribution bill – even as debate came to a close and the bill was rammed through against the protests of a united opposition.

The Big Issue

In response to the start and end of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: December 13, 2011